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News Eagle - Hawley, PA
  • Crime spree gets attention

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  • SHOHOLA TWP. - Topping the subjects at the monthly Board of Supervisors meeting on August 14 was a letter from Police Chief Scott Carney to the Board requesting the hiring of an additional officer to help fight what seems to be a growing wave of break-ins and burglaries in the township. Following the reading of the letter, Supervisor Keith Raser immediately motioned for a vote to hire a part time officer, however, before it could be seconded, there was some considerable discussion with both the board and general public chiming in.
        Offering support to Raser, Chairman George Fluhr and Vice Chairman Greg Hoeper, added commentary on the recent rash of activities seemed to be perpetrated by the same individual.
         “Every part of the township has seen some sort of activity,” Fluhr noted, “There have been incidents in German Hill, Twin Lakes, Culver Hill, Bee Hollow, and on the Lackawaxen Road.”
         Fluhr urged citizens to keep their automobile and house doors locked noting the burglaries appear to be an attempt to only obtain cash. This leads police and the board to believe the crime may be drug related, but that is just speculation as there has been little to go on. The break-ins are random and range from quick snatch-and-grabs from unlocked vehicles to entry into an occupied home.
         While Raser added that there was drug related arrest in the township last week, it was unrelated to the break-ins. Hoeper noted that in most cases the suspect was on foot, but couldn’t rule out that a getaway vehicle was waiting close by and didn’t have any proof the suspect was working alone or with others.
          “There have been at least twenty incidents,” Fluhr said, “in one case, the suspect was confronted by the homeowner and fled. The only description we could get is that the suspect is a tall male wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt.”
           Following discussion, Hoeper seconded the proposal, which then passed unanimously by the board. Raser went on to suggest that the police department also consider re-energizing the crime watch program as it has been several years since the township held it. Fluhr also added that everyone needs to watch out for each other and if citizens see something suspicious that they should report it to the police.
         The police report for July recorded 47 response calls, eight traffic citations and nine traffic warnings were issued. There were two non-traffic citations handed out and two arrests were made.
    ••• Other matters
        Other items of note included the upcoming Shohola Township Fire & Rescue event dedicating the new Brush Truck scheduled for August 23. The event will run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and includes displays by many local emergency units and a barbeque for $10.
    Page 2 of 2 -      Parks & Recreation will be starting their holiday food drive early this year. Non-perishable foods will be collected at the township building on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Pumpkins in the Park will be held on October 18. Bakers and volunteers are needed as the turnout is expected to exceed the 300-plus people that attended last year’s event.
         PennDOT road work on 434 commenced last week and paving will continue for several days on that route. Additionally township road work continues on Shohola Falls Road. Issues with a foreclosed property on Hickory Drive have been resolved and the property has been cleaned up by the bank that owns it.
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